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Wed
04
Mar

Move to cap THC in medical marijuana stalls in Florida Senate

A proposed cap on the level of euphoria-inducing THC in medical marijuana has hit a snag in the Florida Senate, leaving a priority of the House in jeopardy as time runs down on the legislative session.

Senate Health Policy Chairwoman Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, introduced a proposal Monday that would have capped THC levels in medical marijuana for patients under age 21. Harrell tried to add the plan to a broad Department of Health legislative package but backed away after facing questions from members of the Senate Rules Committee.

Monday — 11 days shy of the scheduled March 13 end of the legislative session — was the first time lawmakers in either chamber had formally considered a proposed 10% THC cap.

Wed
04
Mar

Malawi Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Marijuana legalization continues to advance around the world: Malawi's parliament passed a bill last week that will permit the cultivation and sale of cannabis for medicinal use or to process the hemp fibers for industrial use. 

Malawi joins four other African countries that have loosened laws relating to cannabis: Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, and Lesotho. Lawmakers are hoping that cannabis cultivation can provide an economic boost to Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries.

Wed
04
Mar

35,000 Missouri patients already have medical marijuana OK

Medical marijuana sales in Missouri won’t likely begin until the second half of 2020, but the state health department has already approved more than 35,000 patients who want to use the drug, far exceeding projections.

Lyndall Fraker, director of medical marijuana for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said Monday that psychological disorders were the No. 1 reason for patient requests, followed by chronic medical conditions. The 35,532 awarded applicants are far more than projected by researchers with the University of Missouri’s Economic and Policy Analysis Research Center for this early in the process.

Wed
04
Mar

Divided America: 34 Percent Of U.S. States Still Don't Allow Medical Marijuana

Millions of Americans now have access to medical marijuana. But millions more do not, and attempts to change that have hit a brick wall in some states. Medical marijuana is inaccessible to 34 percent of the states in the country and remains illegal on a federal level.

This fact is a fly in the face of national sentiment. Based on the most recent nationwide survey by Gallup, 66 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.

Tue
03
Mar

UK increases access to cannabis-based medicines as import restrictions are changed

Import restrictions have been changed to help ensure people with prescriptions for cannabis-based products for medicinal use do not have their treatment delayed or interrupted.

The changes will help patients with conditions such as rare, serious forms of epilepsy or multiple sclerosis.

Most cannabis-based medicines are imported from foreign countries. Export restrictions mean it can take weeks or months for the drugs to reach the patients in the UK. For example, in Canada, an export certificate can take 4 to 8 weeks.

Tue
03
Mar

Utah’s Medical Cannabis Program Off The Ground Despite Opening Day Glitch

Utah’s new medical marijuana program kicked off this weekend, but would-be patients encountered some slight technical difficulties.

The state’s department of health told local news outlets that some individuals had trouble registering on the state-run website on Sunday.

“There was a small glitch earlier, but it’s working now,” Utah Department of Health spokeswoman Charla Haley told local television station FOX 13.

One hopeful registrant told FOX 13 that the technical glitch cost him an hour on his computer. 

“I expected it to be busy. We had a feeling the system would be crashing with the excitement a little better,” he said. “I think they’re doing the best that they can.”

Mon
02
Mar

Missouri legislators continue probe of alleged conflicts in medical marijuana program

Despite hours of testimony in recent weeks from state regulators, Missouri lawmakers still have serious questions about alleged conflicts of interest in the fledgling medical marijuana industry.

With widespread reports of scoring irregularities and hundreds of appeals already filed by unsuccessful applicants, the Missouri House’s government oversight committee began holding hearings in early February to examine the roll out of the medical marijuana program.

Mon
02
Mar

Patients Can Officially Apply For Utah Medical Marijuana Cards

Patients can officially apply for medical marijuana cards in the state of Utah.

The Utah Department of Health’s medical cannabis website went online Sunday, as required by the Utah Medical Cannabis Act.

“It’s been in the law the program has to get up and running by today, and so the (Utah) Department of Health, the (Utah) Department of Agriculture — everyone has been working up until today,” said Connor Boyak, president of the Libertas Institute.

Boyak said patients are required to meet with a qualified medical provider, who is registered with the UDOH, before receiving a card.

Mon
02
Mar

Wrestling world grapples with how to deal with fighters’ weed use

Professional wrestler and vocal weed lover Rob Van Dam responded to a fan’s tweet with some very exciting news for fans of the fighter and his substance of choice.

“@TherealRVD needs to drop his own strain,” a Van Dam fan tweeted at the wrestler. “4.20 Denver. It’s happening,” Van Dam replied.

Although he has yet to disclose any further details about the endeavour, fans were highly receptive of the news.

Fri
28
Feb

Proposed Medical Cannabis Changes Worry Some Iowa Patients

Wendy Shoemaker has lived with chronic pain for decades, and she was prescribed opioids to treat it.

“All you do is stand there and watch your life,” she said.

Shoemaker said she couldn’t do much with her daughter when she took opioids. She has holes in her memory from that time, and she was in heart failure. But almost a year ago, she was weaned off opioids and joined Iowa’s medical cannabis program.

At her home overlooking a lake in Dexter, she held up a bottle of pills that contain chemicals found in cannabis.

“It’s so much better on this,” Shoemaker said. “I don’t know if it’s being reborn or what, but I’ll tell you what, it’s working.”

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